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12/29/2021

Identity fraud may be a major 2022 scam trend, consumer group warns

Consumer Affairs

One thing that won’t change with the calendar is the threat of scams. But the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) predicts that one particular scam will continue to evolve in 2022.

Eva Velasquez, CEO of ITRC, says a recent data study provides a clue about what lies ahead. She says identity theft will continue to change into what she calls identity fraud.

“In 2021, we saw threat actors become more targeted and strategic,” Velasquez said. “We saw them strike with social engineering scams like Google Voice and Instagram account takeovers, using psychological tactics instead of technical expertise to manipulate people’s behavior.”

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